Maniac Cop (Special Edition)
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- Commentary by writer/producer Larry Cohen, director William Lustig, and actor Bruce Campbell
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That being said, this is top quality when it comes to off-kilter horror action. A monstrous killer dressed like a cop is on the loose in New York, killing innocent people instead of criminals. One cop lets the paper know that they think it's a cop gone bad, which turns the public against the police force.
As the terror level escalates Bruce Campbell is framed for the murder of his wife, and becomes the lead suspect in the brutal killings. Now, only Bruce and two other cops know the chilling secret of the maniac cop, and will stop at nothing to try to stop him.
Although there are numerous amounts of "what the...?" sections in this film, it's still mindlessly enjoyable and Tom Atkins' performance as a hardnose cop keeps the film tenuously grounded in reality.
If you're into Bruce Campbell and silly horror movies, then you can't go wrong with Maniac Cop. If you're at all averse to either of those, then don't even bother thinking about it because you won't appreciate the hidden quality of such a classic as Maniac Cop.
As is usually the case, Cohen's script is replete with dark tongue-in-cheek humor and palatable helpings of terror and blood. The gags (both the laughing and choking kind) are bolstered by the presence of horror-genre fave Bruce Campbell, he of EVIL DEAD (1981) fame; Tom Atkins, a ubiquitous face in police departments on TV and in the cinema; sexpot Laurene Landon, a Cohen favorite; and the original SHAFT (1971) himself, Richard Roundtree. There are also some delightful cameos from genre regulars like the late George "Buck" Flower, Victoria Catlin (known to genre fans from her role in David Lynch's TV series TWIN PEAKS), Judy Levitt (wife of STAR TREK's Walter Koenig), director William Lustig, and SPIDERMAN (2002) director Sam Raimi.
The Special-Edition DVD of MANIAC COP from Synapse is well worth the price of admission. It offers a crisp, rich digital transfer of the film in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16x9 TVs) with the original Stereo SurroundSound soundtrack (as well as the option of using new Dolby 5.1 or DTS 6.1 soundtracks).Read more ›
The opening sequence of this film is vaguely similar to that of the first and best Nightmare on Elm Street franchise: like Freddy, Maniac Cop is getting prepared for his work – he is putting on the finer details of his uniform. There are no knife fingers here though as Maniac Cop relies on twisted justice, a truncheon, superhuman strength and size and insider titbits fed to him by an old girlfriend still on the force.
Like a lot of outings of the stalk and slash variety made in this era, MC is deeply flawed. The acting is wooden, the dialogue and story ludicrous – but we do not watch movies like this to be greeted with quality. It has no capacity to really scare either – but that isn’t a problem. It is still a joy – for all the reasons given above. No-one could call this film boring. Innocent people are being dispatched in the dead of night and by a police officer. One guy is drowned in concrete and has to be drilled out of hard pavement the next day. No-one trusts the men in blue anymore and the Police Chief (Rowntree) and Mayor want something done about it quick.
Of course those who are psychologically disturbed on the force or have ‘emotional problems’ should be looked at but as Rowntree points out ‘that would include the entire unit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sound is totally messed up starting at 20 mins in. Wish I could watch more of it, but the sync is so off it makes it unwatchable. Someone needs to fix thisPublished 1 month ago by Harddrive User
Thank u for the fast delivery and DVD and case were mint.Just trying make my horror collection grow with some classics I've never seen before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M.B
Great movie! One of my favorites as a kid and still love it. And why not killer cops, murder, suspense and Bruce Campbell. What more could u want? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mforman
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